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The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman

Scottish Poem By Robert Burns

The De'els Awa Wi The Exciseman is one of the Poems written by Robert Burns in 1792.

Burns wrote the poem while serving as an exciseman, a position he secured in 1788. The last stanza of the poem refers to Scottish dancing.

There is also a Scottish country dance called De'els Awa Wi The Exciseman.

Related Scottish Country Dances
Exciseman (Drewry)
Exciseman (Rayner)


The Deil's Awa Wi' The Exciseman By Robert Burns

The deil cam fiddlin' thro' the town,
And danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman,
And ilka wife cries, "Auld Mahoun,
I wish you luck o' the prize, man."

Chorus
The deil's awa, the deil's awa,
The deil's awa wi' the Exciseman,
He's danc'd awa, he's danc'd awa,
He's danc'd awa wi' the Exciseman.

We'll mak our maut, and we'll brew our drink,
We'll laugh, sing, and rejoice, man,
And mony braw thanks to the meikle black deil,
That danc'd awa wi' th' Exciseman.

Chorus

There's threesome reels, there's foursome reels,
There's hornpipes and strathspeys, man,
But the ae best dance ere came to the land
Was-the deil's awa wi' the Exciseman.

Chorus


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The Online Scots Dictionary Translate Scots To English.
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